In September of 2016 indie-rock frontman JASON HOFER was involved in a serious mountain biking accident which saw him airlifted off a mountain with a broken neck and shattered dreams. At Kelowna General Hospital, a medical device called a ‘halo’ was anchored into his head via multiple screws, and after weeks of traction and recovery he was sent home to rehabilitate with an uncertain future.
Jason's previous involvement in rock bands International Cold Beat and The Heartwicks was put on hold as he quickly discovered that nearly every aspect of his life was impacted by this injury. He was unable to sit up, lay down, lift, or rest without great discomfort – and this drove him to a place of great turmoil and brokenness. It was there, in that low place that he rediscovered the simple gift of time.
Not one to waste opportunities, Jason found his desires were being reshaped as he poured himself into a focused season of reading and writing. He would soon dust off his acoustic guitar and harmonica and began exploring melody and composition to accompany many of the honest laments he had journaled in the months prior. Initially these songs were never meant to be shared, but he was encouraged that people need to hear about brokenness, hope, and healing.
Grateful for this new lease on life, Jason is now pursuing a full-time career in music as a singer-songwriter and has developed Refinery Record Room - a full recording production facility which he owns and operates deep in the woods of West Bragg. There he lives with his family: his wife Tenessa, their three young daughters, and his loyal german shepherd, Timber.
Brokenness is a city of refuge surrounded by promise where we may wait with great hope for the faithfulness of God.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise”